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Dr. John Field
Course Description

Dates & Duration

Day 1: Monday, Sept. 12     9am-5pm ET (virtual instruction through Zoom)

Day 2: Tuesday, Sept. 13     9am-5pm ET (virtual instruction through Zoom)

Day 3: Wednesday, Sept. 14     9am-4:30pm ET (optional in-person field trip)

Day 4: Thursday, Sept. 15     9am-4:30pm ET (optional in-person field trip)

Day 5: Friday, Sept. 16     9am-4:30pm ET (optional in-person field trip)

Course Locations

The first two days will take place virtually through Zoom. Please make sure to download Zoom beforehand to allow for full engagement. You can download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download

This two-day short course will explore the principles of fluvial geomorphology, stream restoration, and watershed management in a virtual format with three optional on site field trips to impaired streams and restoration sites in Portland, Maine, northern New Hampshire, and Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.

On the third day, there is an optional field trip to stream restoration sites near Portland, Maine with a focus on urban stream restoration.

On the fourth day, there is an optional field trip to stream restoration sites in northern New Hampshire with a focus on using wood in restoration and bank stabilization on rivers impacted by channelization.

On the fifth day, there is an optional field trip to stream restoration sites near Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts with a focus on reducing downstream sediment loading through restoration and land conservation.

 Course Description 

   Stream restoration has become a significant component of efforts to meet aquatic life standards and nutrient reduction targets mandated by EPA. An understanding of fluvial geomorphology can be helpful in establishing the underlying causes for stream degradation and bank erosion, anticipating how the stream will change over time if no restoration occurs, developing appropriate restoration strategies for the given setting, and foreseeing how streams will respond to a proposed restoration project. In this way, the actual needs for restoration can be documented, restoration projects tailored for a given site, and better restoration outcomes achieved. This course will utilize examples from around the country (and in fact the world) with particular focus on New England, the Pacific Northwest, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, but should be of value to others throughout the country as the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration to be discussed are applicable everywhere.

   This two-day short course will explore the principles of fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration in a virtual format with optional on site field trips to stream restoration sites near Portland, Maine, northern New Hampshire, and Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts. The course is designed for government officials, environmental and engineering consultants, construction contractors, non-profit watershed groups, educators, and others dealing with flooding, erosion, nutrient loading, and habitat issues along rivers and streams.

    While some quantitative methods will be introduced, the course will focus on the underlying concepts of fluvial geomorphology that are needed to effectively apply quantitative methods in stream restoration designs and to anticipate how streams will respond to a restoration project or other human activities along rivers and streams. The short course will highlight process-based restoration practices, which are typically more effective, sustainable, and cost effective than form-based practices. Whether designing stream restoration projects yourself or reviewing plans to determine their potential effectiveness, this short course will provide you with the background and practical experience to identify the best restoration approaches for a particular setting and set of project objectives.

    The short course will consist of visual presentations, small group exercises, and hands-on activities that will provide participants with practical experiences and examples to recognize unstable channel reaches in a watershed and identify the most appropriate stream restoration techniques that will best address the identified instabilities, if present. The first day of the short course will focus on the basic concepts of fluvial geomorphology including extended discussions on stream equilibrium and channel classification. The second day will examine numerous stream restoration practices through a series of case studies that will highlight the many issues that must be considered to successfully and sustainably restore rivers and streams and to anticipate potential problems even before a restoration design is complete. The optional field trips will tour examples of restoration sites that will reinforce the concepts and lessons of the first two days. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and appropriately apply the key concepts of fluvial geomorphology such as the principles of equilibrium, channel classification methods, channel evolution, and sediment transport capacity.

  • Demonstrate how fluvial geomorphology can be used in watershed assessments to identify the underlying causal mechanisms for channel instabilities that lead to erosion, flooding, and nutrient loading problems that are responsible for significant infrastructure damage and environmental degradation.

  • Identify common errors made during stream restoration projects when the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology are poorly understood and anticipate such problems during the design and review process prior to implementation.

  • Discuss the appropriate settings and conditions within which to employ a variety of widely used stream restoration techniques and the benefits they provide.

RMS Membership is not required to register. However, the discounted course rate is equivalent to the price of an
Associate membership, so we HIGHLY encourage you to join and stay connected!

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About the Instructor - Dr. John Field

John Field

     Dr. John Field, President and founder of Field Geology Services, received a PhD in 1994 from the University of Arizona with concentrations in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology.  As a university professor, Dr. Field received two excellence in teaching awards and was active in training teachers and government agency personnel on techniques for assessing the stability and habitat conditions of rivers and streams.  Dr. Field’s research on flooding and habitat issues has been published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented at professional meetings throughout North America.  In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Field has 20 years of consulting experience that has included geomorphic assessments on over 1,000 miles of rivers and streams in 15 states and 11 other countries worldwide to identify the causes for riverine problems such as erosion, flooding, elevated sediment/nutrient loading, and habitat degradation. The assessment results have informed the design and implementation of over 40 miles of bank stabilization and stream restoration projects. Since starting Field Geology Services, Dr. Field has offered short courses that have been attended by hundreds of participants.  Dr. Field’s excellence in assessing and restoring unstable streams was recognized through receipt of U.S. EPA’s Environmental Merit Award.

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The classroom portion will take place online on Sep. 12 and 13. 

Membership is not required to attend sessions or field trips. However, the discount for the classroom portion is equivalent to an Associate membership, so we HIGHLY encourage you to join and stay connected!

  • Early Bird Course Registration (before Aug. 24): $665 for non-members / $625 for RMS members
  • Regular Course Registration (after Aug. 24): $690 for non-members / $650 for RMS members
In-person Field Trips

  • 1 field trip: $365 for non-members / $340 for RMS members
  • 2 field trips: $680 for non-members / $630 for RMS members
  • 3 field trips: $995 for non-members / $920 for RMS members


 Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your reservation and you notify RMS by August 26, 2022, we will return your full payment. If we receive your cancellation between August 27 - September 2, we will return the amount of your payment minus $50. While we will not be able to return funds for cancellations received after September 2, we will apply fifty percent (50%) of your total registration to a future workshop hosted by the RMS River Training Center or Field Geology Services. 

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